August 15, 2019

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club Rotary Connects the World
Volume 92, No. 6 President – Carol Handlan Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting – August 22, 2019 – New Member Kristine Horton will give her classification talk. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

August 15, 2019 – Twenty Rotarians were present as Michele Hoch, Director of Agapeland Preschool, described the mission and importance of work with preschool children. Ken Miller was the host. Within a child-centered environment, Christian based the goal is to keep children happy, healthy, and learning. Founded in 1995-6 and started in 1996 with 12 children in a single classroom age 3-5. Currently there are 76 children in the program, with 3-year old’s attending two days a week, and 4-5 year old’s coming three days a week for the pre-kindergarten program. Michele joined the staff in 1999 and became director in 2008. Over 700 students have graduated from Agapeland, and Michele enjoys hearing from several as they have grown, especially mentioning two who have become teachers and then Co-Directors of the SSDC program co-sponsored by Rotary.
It is clear that this is a preschool program that provides a valuable service to the students and families who attend.

Announcements: Golf Committee continues to look for teams and sponsors for 9/9 event.*Inbound exchange student Tomas is expected tomorrow. Marv is looking for two additional host families and all are asked to of possibilities. If you are doing events with your family after that date and it is appropriate, to include him in those activities.*Dan Mahoney is coordinating Club participation in this year’s Market St. Festival, 9/28. Volunteer signup sheet was circulated.** Do use sale of Golf Ball Drop tickets as a way of increasing knowledge of club activities among non-members. Goal this year is to sell all 1000 tickets. Signup sheet circulated to sell tickets at the Farmers Market at the Commons on Saturday morning 8/24 and 9/14. Several were sold at last night Snyder County Night Out where Rotary provided sponsorship for the Boy Scouts. ***The District Conference will be held in Gettysburg in April. Note change for calendar – DG’s visit is now scheduled for Oct. 3.

Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows (to the best of the Editor’s ability to record them): Happy Birthday to Konrad Kempfe; himself (Night Out success); Mike Flock (Foundation Forum on Business Philanthropy); Tom Gates (12 year old twins visit and golf); Art Bowen (back, speaker, family beach vacation); Dave Lawer (speaker, grandkids attended Agapeland, Ken Miller at the field); John Fischer (speaker and Earl’s dollar): Ken Miller, Toby Skinner, and Marty Blessing (speaker); Carol Handlan (Mike Piecuch and all that goes into setting up Snyder County Night Out); Mary Peterhaensel (family reunion, first egg); and Gary Gonsar (speaker).

Future Programs:
Aug. 29 – John Stokinger, host and speaker, “Pennsylvania State Parks Build Great Memories”
11:45 a.m., SVCC.
Sept. 5 – TBA, Chad Cohrs is the host. 11:45 a.m. SVCC. Board Meeting precedes.
Sept. 12 – TBA, Tom Gates is the host. 11:45 a.m. SVCC. John Stokinger will edit the newsletter.
Sept. 19 – Chris Berleth from the GSVCC will speak about Leadership Susquehanna Valley. 11:45 a.m., SVCC. Jared Roush will edit the newsletter.

Birthdays: August 16 – Konrad Kempfe; 29 – Jay Lemons. Sept. 3 – Tom Gates; 5 – John Fischer; 6 – Melissa Laniewski; 24 – Don Summers.

Quotation: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Nelson Mandela